Title Artist Residency: Kenya, Africa
Organization NOW Open Studio
Closing Date Saturday, March 14, 2020
Location Nairobi, Kenya

This artist residency will give artists the opportunity to immerse themselves in real communities and obtain authentic experiences. Artists will reside in Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa.

During the 2 week residency, artists are encouraged to step out of what they would typically consider their “work”. We want you to step back and take a look at how you perceive making art. While in residence, artists can take the opportunity to work with community members to work on a collaborative project; such as an artist book, or visit other artists working in Kenya to better understand a new perspective. Artist are encouraged to work with materials sourced in their surroundings to expanded their ideas of media. We hope at the completion of the residency, artists will walk away with meeting new friends and a new project. This can be a single work made in a collaboration or a small series of works influenced by their time in Kenya.

Deadline for Application: March 15, 2020
Application fee: Each application must be accompanied by a $28 non-refundable submission fee.
Notification of Selection: March 30, 2020
Residency commences: October, 2020
Selection: The resident artist will be selected by a committee comprised of the NOW Friends Team, Academic/Professional advisors from the Portland, Oregon art community as well as the Kenya art community.

Award consisting of the following:
• Individuals stay as guests for a two week residency, lodging accommodations will be at House of Friends (HOF) base of operations located in Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. HOF home base is located in a very safe area known as Olympic. (for more information: https://www.houseoffriendskenya.com/)
• Transport to and from airport in Kenya.
• Studio space.
• Immersion and networking with local artists.
• Artist receive a NOW creative stimulation guide to use during their stay, helpful exercises to redirect and stimulate creative thought.

The ideal candidate for the residency program may be working in any media or genera 2 or 3D.

Entry Checklist:
• Fee paid
• 12-15 Digital images formatted as directed
• Artist’s Statement, Vitae, Image list, 3 references; all in PDF format
• NOTE: (Artist name, address, phone, website/other, included on Vitae)

For details and the application link: http://nowopenstudio.com/wp/residency/

About NOW: NOW was started in 2010, first in California before moving to Portland, Oregon. In 2014 NOW refocused its vision, turning from classroom model into a program of artist residencies.

Website http://nowopenstudio.com